Day­dream clo­sure to last a year

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT WILL now be more than a year be­fore Day­dream Is­land opens its doors to guests again.

Fol­low­ing the im­pact of Cat­e­gory 4 Cy­clone Deb­bie, Day­dream Is­land man­age­ment have taken the de­ci­sion to move for­ward their $50-mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment to later this year.

The spend­ing is ear­marked for ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture up­grades, in­clud­ing ren­o­va­tions to ex­ist­ing attractions and the in­stal­la­tion of new fea­tures.

Ma­jor works will in­clude re­de­vel­op­ment of the ar­rivals pavil­ion, re­cep­tion, main atrium area, Water­falls Restau­rant, La­goons Bar, all room types and Mer­maids Restau­rant.

Al­though an ear­lier state­ment from the is­land gave a re-open­ing date of April 30, Day­dream Is­land re­sort gen­eral man­ager Daw­son Tang said in light of dam­age caused by the cy­clone, it wasn’t “fea­si­ble” to in­vest money to re-open and then close a few months later for the re­fur­bish­ment.

“This de­ci­sion for an ex­tended clo­sure has not been an easy one but will en­able us to con­cen­trate fully on restor­ing Day­dream Is­land back to the top of the Queens­land tourism in­dus­try,” he said.

Day­dream Is­land is ex­pected to reach four and-a-half star sta­tus when it re-opens in mid-2018.

Re­funds are be­ing ar­ranged for guests with for­ward book­ings, ac­cord­ing to man­age­ment.

PHOTO: QUEENS­LAND GOV­ERN­MENT

HARD HIT: North­ern Day­dream Is­land af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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